CONFERENCE COVERAGE SERIES
Clinical Trials on Alzheimer's Disease 2018
24 – 27 October 2018
When the anti-Aβ protofibril antibody Ban2401 was first shown to reduce amyloid deposition in a Phase 2b clinical trial, researchers worried. Was its otherwise exciting cognitive benefit just an artifact of an imbalance of APOE4 carriers between the treatment and placebo groups, caused by regulatory changes during the trial? At the11th Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease conference, held October 24–27 in Barcelona, investigators allayed some of those concerns. Their subgroup analysis by APOE genotype indicated that the drug effect was likely real. An early look at biomarkers suggests they are adding up toward a treatment effect on Alzheimer’s pathophysiology.
Bump in the Road or Disaster? BACE Inhibitors Worsen Cognition
The effect is small and stable, but consistent across several drugs. Researchers at CTAD debated whether it might be manageable by adjusting dosing.
Second Look at BAN2401 Data Still Positive, Despite Snafu
Subgroup analysis addresses APOE4 randomization imbalance, claims treatment with this anti-Aβ protofibril antibody slowed cognitive decline.
Blood Tests for Amyloid Step Out at CTAD
With plasma tests performing in AIBL staging, scientists are sharing data across platforms and cohorts, and tackling standardization to avoid time lost to irreproducibility.
It’s Official: Tau PET Sees Tangles, and Staging Tangles Predicts Decline
Scientists at CTAD were excited about postmortem validation of tau scans and new, more sensitive tracers. Others are exploring practical applications for live imaging of tau pathology.
Amyloid PET Aids Diagnosis. But Could CSF Do Just as Well?
Large IDEAS data set establishes that PET scans are valuable in clinical practice. Other studies suggest CSF biomarker ratios perform nearly as well.
How Does The NIA-AA Framework Measure Up Against Real Data?
Researchers are applying the proposed 2018 NIA-AA diagnostic criteria to three large, standing cohorts. How did the research framework perform?
Fits and Starts: Trial Results from the CTAD Conference
In Barcelona, data ran the gamut from a few hopeful little hints on new treatments to mixed signals on familiar players, and failed drugs thrown on the scrap heap.
Trials of Diabetes-Related Therapies: Mainly a Bust
At CTAD, intranasal insulin trial stumbles, pioglitazone gets a postmortem, a RAGE inhibitor tries to hang on.
Trial-Ready Cohorts Take Shape in Europe and U.S.
At CTAD, researchers discussed baseline data from the first 500 participants in the EPAD cohort and, finally, the start of recruitment for TRC-PAD.
Which Are the Right Tests to Satisfy New FDA Guidance?
The Food and Drug Administration has said it will accept cognition alone as the basis for approval in preclinical AD. Now what? Industry is confronting the challenge to show robust and meaningful change.